The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
August 29, 2010 § 7 Comments
What it is all about?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
First of all, I have to bare in mind that, the narrator of this story is Katniss Everdeen, an active, courageous, spirited, caring, smart (is she?) and a never-give-up girl who leads a hard life in District 12. It was not easy at first to go deep into her mind and to adjust my thought parallel to her at the beginning of the story. So, I end up putting this book aside and flipped several pages and put it again for several times. But, the story becomes more interesting when it comes to the game.
Since the story is about a survival game and the last-man-stand-is-a-victor, I really expect something which is extraordinary. But, Suzanne Collins can’t give me that. The actions in this book just OK, nothing special about that. I expect something more furious, more brutal ( in the sense of survival game), but all I get just simple fights. However, I have to admit that this book is a YA book, and Collins is right to make it like that because her targets are young adult readers. But, a little bit more action won’t hurt.
The Hunger Games would be better if the story is not only from Katniss’s POV. Why? It is because, a lot of interesting parts are put in questioned when Katniss is not around such as the fight between Cato and Peeta, and what happen to Peeta after that as well as the part when Rue was cornered by the Careers which I think might be great if we know what exactly happen. But, all in all, Collins idea is great but her delivery is just OK. I’m looking forward what will happen in the next book of the series. Hope that Catching Fire will be much better than this one.
“I don’t want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I’m not.”
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